'American Sniper' Adds $18.3M on Second Friday, Continuing to Pursue More Box Office RecordsJanuary 24, 2015 02:40 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Warner Bros. reports American Sniper eased just 40 percent from last Friday to $18.33 million yesterday, easily holding onto first place. To date, the blockbuster war drama has earned $154.1 million domestically. BoxOffice projects a $65 million haul this weekend. Should that hold, it would be one of the top eight sophomore weekends in history (second only to Avatar and the original Spider-Man among non-sequels), and the biggest ever second weekend gross for a non-franchise movie -- topping The Passion of the Christ's $53.2 million second frame. Sniper is currently running 68 percent ahead of where Gravity stood at the same point, and is currently in line with the eight-day $153 million take posted by Passion in 2004. The Bradley Cooper-led, Clint Eastwood-helmed Oscar nominee should approach, if not cross, the $200 million domestic mark by the end of the weekend.

The Boy Next Door grabbed a solid $5.7 million in its first day on Friday. The Jennifer Lopez thriller is on target to bring in $15.7 million over its debut weekend, a positive start for the micro-budget flick.

The Wedding Ringer added $3.3 million yesterday, down 53 percent from its opening day last weekend. With $31.4 million in the bank through 8 days of release, BoxOffice projects a $10.9 million sophomore frame.

Paddington eased 44 percent from opening day last week to $2.6 million on Friday, giving the well-received animated adaptation a $30.3 million domestic total through eight days of release. BoxOffice projects $12.4 million for the weekend.

The Imitation Game tacked on another $1.92 million yesterday as it added another 414 theaters this weekend. The multiple Oscar nominee has tallied $55.4 million thus far. BoxOffice projects a $7.5 million weekend.

Unfortunately, the other two openers this weekend struggled to find an audience in a crowded marketplace. Mortdecai bowed to $1.47 million on Friday, setting it on a course for a $4.5 million weekend. Meanwhile, Strange Magic pulled $1.3 million on its first day and is expected to tally around $5 million for its opening weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, Apr. 28 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 28 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas$3,146,242--3,040--$1,035$3,146,2421Universal
3Love & Basketball$1,583,186221%1,2458$1,272$12,005,5632New Line
4Keeping the Faith$1,411,530151%2,17113$650$22,465,4803Disney
5Rules of Engagement$1,377,611139%3,027-193$455$46,961,4974Paramount
628 Days$1,323,193148%2,5230$524$25,903,6903Sony / Columbia
7Erin Brockovich$1,124,964153%2,498-558$450$110,378,9857Universal
8Return to Me$698,00091%2,006-314$348$23,451,8244MGM
9The Road to El Dorado$594,6799%2,247-923$265$45,034,8915DreamWorks
10The Skulls$439,125126%1,333-714$329$31,704,9235Universal